Food scarcity is the number one issue facing the African people
of both Zambia and Sierra Leone – but for very different reasons.
In Zambia, specifically in the Southern Province where Simwatachela
Chiefdom is located, suffers from a lack of rainfall. Crops need to
receive water in order to grow, and as maize is the chief crop in
Simwatachela and a tricky crop to grow when rainfall is either
intermittent or scarce, many subsistence farmers do not even harvest
enough food to feed their families for the entirety of the year,
resulting in widespread starvation for elderly, children, and the
In Sierra Leone, the dynamic of starvation is somewhat different.
Located geographically very close to the equator, Sierra Leone
experiences heavy rainfall 4-6 months throughout the year. In
Sierra Leone, the starvation issue is upon millions of people this year
due to lack of resources and ability to farm due to the Ebola outbreak
in 2014. A lack of farming and seed availability does not have an
immediate effect on families until generally six to nine months following
the lack of farming. At this point in time, the families will be without
food and will experience immense suffering without food.
SSAAP works with the Simwatachela Co-operative Farmers’ Association in an
effort to assist with cheaper fertilizer for the farmer’s fields each
planting season. As well, this year, SSAAP has the pleasure of working with
the ABC Food Program from Westerville, Ohio, U.S.A. on a food distribution
program. SSAAP will distribute 14 oz bags of fortified rice-soy protein
meal packages consisting of dried rice, soy flour, dried vegetables, salt
and spices to families in the rural communities it serves in Sierra Leone,
as well as will distribute the food to schools in the communities it works
within in Sierra Leone.